Glaudge wrote:...to say that assam and darjeeling occupy opposite ends of the flavor "spectrum"?
-after that, which would be your favorite out of the indian/sri lankan teas, assam, darjeeling or ceylon, and why?
I think there's a lot of truth to that generalization, but it's definitely not true as an absolute rule. Some Assams can be very smooth, and the smoother Assams are radically different from what most people know as a "typical" Assam. Similarly, there are some Darjeelings that pack quite a punch. But I think that for a majority of teas from these regions, your statement is probably roughly true.
I haven't tried enough Nilgiri teas to say much about them. I've tried some Sikkim teas and other teas from Himalayan regions other than Darjeeling, and they're all relatively similar to Darjeeling in overall characteristics.
I'm less of a fan of Ceylon black teas, but I absolutely love ones from the Nuwara Eliya region. They have a high-grown character and are a bit lighter, but barely resemble Darjeeling or Nilgiri high-grown teas at all.